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Join the ‘Strong Women of Clydeside’ team for a Doors Open Day artWalk – SAT 16 SEPT, 1-3:30pm, FREE

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SWaC Artwalk – At Water Row: site of ‘Jack’s Rolls’, the family bakery of Suffragette and Rent Strike organiser Helen Crawfurd. Photo B.Rush, 2015

The Strong Women of Clydeside (or SWaC) team is at it again! We’re hosting another guided walk and public art action as part of Glasgee’s Doors Open Day. We’ll be walking, talking, shouting, sharing, and generally making a (slight) nuisance of ourselves for just shy of  3 hours next Saturday, 16th Sept, 1-3:30pm.

And YOU can JOIN US! Come walk with us as we share the words and actions of some amazing women from Govan’s past, and present… learn a bit, laugh a bit, and help us to celebrate some great people. We’ll end at the amazing Fairfield Heritage for a quick cup of tea, and a surprise ending!

Full details below. Unfortunately, we’re booked up for our 1pm start at the Riverside Museum (through Doors Open Day Eventbrite). BUT DINNAE FASH – you can still join us in Govan at 1:30 (ie, you’ll not miss much) at the Govan Ferry Pontoon.

This may be the last walk we host (like this) for a wee while – so if you’ve been awaiting the right moment to come along and see what all the fuss is about, now’s your moment! We look forward to seeing you…

Strong Women of Clydeside Doors Open Day artWalk


Celebrating women’s roles in the Rent Strikes, UCS Work-In & other protests, this guided ‘artWalk’ employs humour, graffiti, banners, & more! Learn about Mary Barbour, Helen Crawfurd, and others – in their own words.

You will hear the stories of important Clydesiders as we walk the streets where they lived and worked. We use the Occupy Movement’s ‘human megaphone’ to quote Govan activists, including veterans of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilder’s Work-In, as we march with banners, employ (temporary) graffiti to rename streets, and visit important spaces like the tenement building where Mary Barbour lived during the Rent Strikes. You will be led by a creative team of Govanites and interested others who have been researching these histories as part of the ‘Strong Women of the Clydeside’ team, led by artist t s Beall. This is a creative ‘happening’ as much as a guided walk.

Event Details

Our walk begins at Riverside Museum and travels to Govan by ferry (free, limited capacity), stopping at sites important to the 1915 Rent Strikes, the 1971 UCS Work-In, and more recent protests. We will end in Govan at Fairfield Heritage Centre.

How To Join Us

1pm start, Riverside Museum – [NOW FULLY BOOKED] – Please advance book via Doors Open Day: Twenty people can join us at the museum. We will look at two displays before travelling to Govan by ferry (free, tbd). Spaces for this portion of our walk are limited by ferry capacity, but more can join later –see below.

1:35pm, Govan Ferry pontoon – No advance booking required: If we are fully booked for our start at the museum, please join us at 1:35pm in front of the Govan Ferry (near Govan Cross / Govan Underground). Our walk continues along Govan Road and ends at approximately 3:30pm at Fairfield Heritage .

See routemap below for rough guide – please note we amend this every time so no two of our walks are the same…


The SWaC artWalk on Sat 16th Sept begins at Riverside Museum and travels to Govan by free ferry, ending at Fairfield Heritage on Govan Road. Please note this is not our exact route.

About stillstatic (tsB)

artist / doctoral researcher University of Glasgow, working in collaboration with the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

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